Anon (2018)

Director: Andrew Niccol

Writer: Andrew Niccol (Screenplay)

Starring: Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore, Sonya Walger, Mark O’Brien, Joe Pingue, Iddo Goldberg

 

Plot: In a world without anonymity or crime, a detective meets a woman who threatens their security.


Tagline – Off the grid. On the run.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Thriller

 

Story: Anon starts as we go into the futuristic world where everything in life is recorded, making crime almost impossible to get away with, Detective Sal Frieland (Owen) analyses claims being made for his living deciding if the evidence to back up a story is there. His life is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Seyfried) appears in his life only for any record being deleted.

When Sal goes undercover to learn about the girl, things start smoothly as they start to follow her movements, but soon take a turn for the worst as she discovers them watching her and turns Sal’s life upside down, to a point where he doesn’t know what is real anymore.

 

Thoughts on Anon

 

Characters – Sal is the detective with a troubled past, he witnesses a strange occurrence in the technology system to look for criminals and soon he goes undercover to track down a hacker who is using their ability to kill people. The Girl is the mysterious woman walking around this world with no known identity, helping people cover up the secrets they have been doing wrong. Detective Gattis is the man that keeps Sal in line, he must do the right thing to keep the peace in the city.

PerformancesClive Owen is good enough in the leading role, he knows how to handle the character but just doesn’t go as far into his character. Amanda Seyfried is fine too, again not reaching her potential we know she is capable off. The rest of the cast are largely forgettable too.

StoryThe story follows a detective investigating a string of murders that involve a mysterious woman that has the skills to make herself invisible to the technology world. The story does put us in an interesting world, but soon it becomes forgettable throughout with nothing much happening, the twists don’t come with any impact, not even giving us a chance to be offered up the question about whether this is a good or bad thing to have in life. The story misses more often than hit and could easily have been more interesting in a longer format.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi world we enter, is an interesting one and does use the elements of the idea well throughout. The use of the eyes to create the idea of what we can see makes things interesting to see, being the only highlight in the film.

SettingsThe film is in a city, we don’t seem to see which one and it could be anywhere too.

Special EffectsThe effects do work for the most part as we see what we are meant to, making most of this seem effortless, but the editing process for visions can be confusing and look weak.


Scene of the Movie –
Seeing how people can see who people are.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Why would two cops cars go in different directions to the same location?

Final ThoughtsThis is a disappointing sci-fi film that has all the potential in the world and only ends up coming off short on many levels.

 

Overall: Disappoint Sci-Fi Movie

Rating

 

 

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End Trip (2018)

Director: Aaron Jay Rome

Writer: Aaron Jay Rome (Screenplay)

Starring: Aaron Jay Rome, Eric LeBlanc, Ashley Lenz, Jaren Mitchell, Michelle West

 

Plot: On a calm night in an average city a hardworking URYDE driver, Brandon, picks up just another fare, Judd. Using interactions that blur the lines between the technological world and the physical one, Judd explains a messy breakup. Brandon offers an empathetic ear and a sympathetic heart to his new friend to help him pick up the pieces. Aggregated profiles, algorithms, links, likes and comments bring people closer. But how close is too close?


Tagline –  Just another night for URYDE driver, Brandon, until he picks up Judd and the night takes a few U-turns.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chilling Thriller

 

Story: End Trip starts like any other night for Brandon (Rome) an Uyder (Basically Uber) driver that works the nights, he has had a string of normal customers with their stories of their nights before he gets called for mysterious passenger (West) going by the name Judd.

The two spend the night getting to know each other as they exchange life advice, all while Brandon’s fiancée Stef (Lenz) is being held captive needing to fight to survive against a twisted serial killer.

 

Thoughts on End Trip

 

Characters – The Passenger going by the name of Judd seems to be going through a rough time, he just wants a friend to listen to his problems on this night, he is happy to have Brandon’s ear to talk too, even if he is doing more listening then Brandon is prepared for. Brandon is an everyday Uyder driver, he works the night and gets good reviews from his clients, until he meets Judd, a man that needs someone to talk, this is what he does, help him through his struggles. Brandon tells his stories of his life and wife to be and his favourite location. Stef is the fiancée of Brandon that is being held captive in her own home, she will need to stay ahead of her capturer to stay alive.

PerformancesThe performances from the three main stars are wonderfully, Aaron Jay Rome give us the innocent style his character needs, while performing from behind the camera too. Dean J West gives a great performance across the board with his characters changes seeming effortless. Ashely Lenz gives us a god performance as the one trying to keep calm in a pressure situation.

StoryThe story keeps things simple with how everything unfolds, with a large part of the film being the interactions between Brandon and his Passenger. There is a twist in the story which does take the story in a new intense level for the second half and is one that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the final moments. Keeping it simple helps us out and with the shocking twist being refreshing to keep things flowing nicely throughout.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the true actions of the Passenger, while more of the focus comes from how the film keeps you on the edge of your seat.

SettingsThe film takes place over a city, we see how anybody could be getting the ride and the different type of characters Brandon will be meeting over the night.

Special EffectsThe effects are not used very often, but when they are, they are effective for what is being shown, the film focuses more on the tension.


Scene of the Movie –
The wedding planner.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This will contain a spoiler, so I don’t want to say what the scene involves, but a certain sequence goes on too long.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good thriller that keeps us on edge from start to finish, the split timeline does get the payoff it deserves and this does have an air of tension throughout.

 

Overall: Thrilling throughout

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Action Movies – K – Kite (2014)

kiteDirector: Ralph Ziman

Writer: Brian Cox (Screenplay) Yasuomi Umetsu (Original Film)

Starring: India Eisely, Callan McAuiffe, Samuel L Jackson, Carl Beukes

 

Plot: When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the help of his ex-partner.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: What a Mess

 

Story: Kite starts as Sawa (Eisley) a young woman out for revenge on the gang that killed her parents, she works with Lieutenant Aker (Jackson) as they are targeting the Thornhill’s gang. The deeper Sawa gets the more dangerous is becomes but her bloody quest for revenge isn’t going to stop until the last one pays for what they did.

 

Thoughts on Kite

 

StoryThis story seems to be a blend of Hit Girl and Hanna without anything to make it interesting, we have the revenge story we have seen before and an unlikely hero with the girl working with police officer to take down gang, yay this is just what it is and forgettable at that.

Action/Crime/ThrillerWe do get mindless action and the traditional crime story of trying to take down a gang but it doesn’t feel fresh.

Characters/PerformanceSawa is this new young woman hit girl that takes on the bigger men in a revenge mission, the cop character is also something you have seen before giving nothing fresh to this idea. The performances here are all pretty bad with what feels like dreadful dubbing in place too.

SettingsWe get the typical gang locations all designed to give Sawa a new weapon of chance for a kill or two.

Special EffectsWell finally something that we can have positives about and that is the special effects which are all good enough for the film we are watching which must be over the top and in places pulled from an anime story.

Final ThoughtsThis was a terrible film that is an insult to the anime to live action genre.

 

Overall: Just avoid this mess.

Rating15